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C.J. Carmichael
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It’s All About Books Stories fascinate me—they always have. When I was growing up my relatives almost never saw me without a book in my hands. Even now that I’m busy with my career, teenaged children, pets, writing groups, relatives, fitness and friends, I read an awful lot. I read when I eat (a no-no, I admit), in the bath (leads to soggy pages), and always, always, always in airplanes (I’m a nervous flier). I even read while driving (thank goodness for books on tape).

A Bend In The Road Despite my love of fiction, when it came time to pick a direction for my studies in university, I chose business. I ended up with a degree in Commerce, which I followed with two years of articling and several more exams, in order to become a Chartered Accountant. I worked in this field for about six years, and while I enjoyed my job, I had a secret yearning for something else.

When I had my first child, I finally had an opportunity to step back from what I was doing and re-assess what I wanted from life. I decided I wanted to be a hands-on mom. I also wanted to write books. And so I tried.

Persistence Pays I typed my first book on an electric typewriter, and sent it to Harlequin Enterprises with great expectations. I had so much to learn! The books I had enjoyed since my teen years seemed so structurally simple, but I soon realized that achieving this effect requires great skill and talent. Hoping I had the talent, I worked on acquiring the skills and ten years later (yes, it really did take that long!) I sold my first book to Harlequin Superromance.

It Could Happen to You Writing about ordinary people, in extraordinary situations -- That’s the kind of story I love to read and it’s the kind of story I write, as well. Whether you’re a mom with kids, a single career woman, divorced, retired, young, old (or any combination of the above!) I want you to feel as if you are reading about something that could happen to you in your real life (or to your daughter, or mother, or best friend).

Though I have been thrilled to be nominated for RWA’s Rita award, RT’s Career Achievement award and The Bookseller’s Best award, my biggest rewards come when I receive an e-mail or letter from a reader. I also enjoy getting together with other writers at the smaller RWA conferences. What a great way to travel and to meet new people who share the same interests and passions as I do.

We only have one life to lead. I’ll always be thankful that, because of stories, we can experience so much more!

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Book Series
Coffee Creek, Montana
Fox & Fisher Detective Agency
Return to Summer Island
Three Good Men series
Book List
Baby Between Them, A (07/06)

Big Sky Christmas (10/13)

Christmas With Daddy (11/08)

Colton: Rodeo Cowboy (08/12)

Convenient Proposal,A (03/05)

Dad Next Door, The (02/08)

Dad Next Door, The (UK) (09/09)

Daughter's Place, A (12/00)

For a Baby (05/04)

Fourth Child, The (05/00)

Her Best Friend's Baby (01/00)

Her Better Half (09/06)

Her Cowboy Dilemma (04/13)

Jessie's Father (06/99)

Lasting Proposal, A (04/05)

Leaving Enchantment (12/03)

Little Secret Between Friends, A (05/05)

Love And The Single Mom (02/07)

Matthew's Children (08/08)

Next of Kin (10/04)

P.I. Contest, The (02/10)

Perfect Partners? (01/10)

Perfect Partners? (Large Print) (01/10)

Promise from a Cowboy (07/13)

Receptionist Under Cover (03/10)

Remember Me, Cowboy (01/13)

Second-Chance Proposal, A (02/05)

Secrets Between Them (10/06)

Sister Would Know, A (02/05)

Small-Town Girl (03/05)

Star-Crossed Parents (07/07)

Together By Christmas (11/05)

Trade Secrets (Anthology) (09/03)

You Made Me Love You (06/06)


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